The finance ministry seems to have come together with the Income tax department to remind the taxpayers of filing their income tax returns by December 31st.
Pleas for extending the due date of filing the returns have flooded the social media. However, the official twitter handle of Finance Ministry is regularly urging the taxpayers to file the returns and retweeting the tweets by the Income Tax department to file the returns.
With only one day left to file Income Tax Returns (ITR), the IT department is leaving no stone unturned to remind the taxpayers for filing it on time.
On Tuesday, the Income tax department tweeted that for the fiscal year 2019-20 (Assessment Year 2020-21) over 4.37 crore income tax returns have been filed till December 28.
Every day, at least six posts are from the official Finance Ministry twitter handle urging taxpayers to submit the returns by December 31.
The Income tax department is also reminding the taxpayers by sending numerous updates via emails, SMSs and social media posts. Usually, the last date to file the tax return is 31st July every year. However, the last date was extended due to the pandemic this year.
Several associations, trade unions, professionals and Parliamentarians have demanded staggered extensions in deadlines for many returns. They have urged to postpone the due date for filing GST annual returns to January 31 and for I-T returns to March 31.
However, despite the pleas from traders, the ministry is not convinced to defer its decision to make 1 per cent payment of tax liability in cash in GST. The government has cited that this provision will curb fake invoicing after the Confederation of All-India Traders (CAIT) mentioned about the financial obligation for traders in seeking a deferment.